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The Viking Phenomenon (HIH1501)

15 credits

This module takes a familiar historical phenomenon, Viking raiding and expansion c.800-c.1050, and uses it as a vehicle for examining the possibilities and limitations of our extant sources. As well as exploring the impact of Viking activities and culture in the early medieval period, you will examine how later historians and commentators have used the available evidence to construct different images of the Vikings. Throughout the module, the emphasis is not on the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of Viking actions and events but on the different kinds of sources that shed light on this phenomenon and its interpretation.